This is an old blacksmithing trick, by hitting a small bar hard and fast you can eventually get it hot enough to light a pipe. Note* We do not encourage or endorse smoking in any way. For entertainment purposes only.
Tools and materials
1/4" mild steel bar
Step 1: Hit the Bar With the Hammer.
Hit it hard and steady, rotating it 90 degrees with each hit to slowly draw it into a point.
Step 2: Keep Hitting It.
Seriously, it's going to take a bit. Keep hitting it, eventually you will see it change colour.
Step 3: Light Pipe.
Quickly take your now hot bar and light you pipe with it.
Step 4: Enjoy Your Pipe.
Savoir your pipe and enjoy the looks of disbelief and admiration from those around you.
Step 5: Tips.
Use soft, mild steel anything else will shatter.
Use a medium large hammer, something you can swing steady for a minute.
Use two people if you have to, one holding the rod, one swinging the hammer.
This actually does work. The bar was cold when I started. Try it for yourself before you claim it's impossible. If you still think it's impossible, find an old blacksmith and see if they can do it.